Inside Foo Camp

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Inside Foo Camp

A tent with a Wi-Fi aura was the well-chosen foo camp logo, seen here in front of OReillys Sebastopol HQ.

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Tent Row included everything from my 4-pound backpacking tent to at least one 8-man pavilion; others found crash space inside.

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Security and privacy analyst Ross Stapleton-Gray anchored the seminar on RFIDs and the enumeration of everything.

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Cool Tools editor Kevin Kelly (former editor of Wired) and the Long Bets Foundations Stewart Brand convened a tools roundtable.

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The foo camp sessions spread out into every available conference space, and went from breakfast time to well after midnight.

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Tim OReilly, seen here in a photo that began as a darkened-room NightShot image, discussed what tech types are reading—or at least, buying.

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Stewart Brand posts notice of his session on the Long Bets Foundation and its goal of accountable predictions.

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XML co-inventor Tim Bray moderates the discussion on the future—both technical and philosophical—of Internet search.

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Former ICANN chair Esther Dyson weighs in on what Internet search should offer—and what distortions it should not cause.

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Although not an autonomous robot, this wirelessly-controlled gadget was one of several nice hardware hacks seen roaming about the foo grounds.

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Bathed in the glow of their laptop screens, the electronic jammers mixed digital and acoustic music in their late-night collaborative concert.

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Board games and other recreations continued the collaboration—and the friendly competition—beyond the realm of technologies and ideas.

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